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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,831Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 98

$468 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 96 out of 98

360 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Massachusetts
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 360 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 360 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,483 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Massachusetts
SIMVASTATIN 871 626 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 757 593 2 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 581 470 3 1
LISINOPRIL 535 450 4 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 515 403 5 16
FUROSEMIDE 428 339 6 4
GABAPENTIN 404 317 7 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 348 288 8 30
METFORMIN HCL 332 241 9 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 323 193 10 32
TRAZODONE HCL 315 186 11 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 305 225 12 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 279 249 13 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 228 196 14 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 213 175 15 84
LANTUS 212 181 16 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 194 17 20
SPIRIVA 201 103 17 46
TRAMADOL HCL 190 167 19 26
PROAIR HFA 188 104 20 58
PREDNISONE 188 129 20 31
MIRTAZAPINE 181 139 22 11
RANITIDINE HCL 173 94 23 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 150 24 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 169 129 25 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 157 143 26 12
CHLORTHALIDONE 155 100 27 138
SPIRONOLACTONE 152 116 28 71
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 131 28 25
RISPERIDONE 146 126 30 27
LIDODERM 142 107 31 29
SERTRALINE HCL 141 119 32 19
CARVEDILOL 135 100 33 72
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 101 34 8
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 48 35 48
NAMENDA 118 117 36 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 111 97 37 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 74 38 33
KLOR-CON M20 94 56 39 69
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 92 74 40 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 80 40 42
SINGULAIR 90 64 42 117
ATENOLOL 90 71 42 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 59 S2 44 78
ALLOPURINOL 88 72 45 43
METHADONE HCL 88 68 S2 45 126
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 84 47 34
ULTICARE 83 55 48 248
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 42 49 36
GLIPIZIDE ER 79 77 50 121
LOPERAMIDE 76 53 51 190
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 51 52 21
RISPERDAL CONSTA 75 75 52 186
CALCIUM ACETATE 74 14 54 258
CRESTOR 74 40 54 51
LATANOPROST 74 74 54 67
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 61 57 202
OLANZAPINE 71 70 58 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 48 58 60
CLOPIDOGREL 66 47 60 50
COMBIVENT 66 55 60 188
TORSEMIDE 65 30 62 155
SEROQUEL 64 64 63 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 59 64 44
NOVOLIN R 63 45 64 79
GLIPIZIDE 62 55 66 37
LYRICA 62 38 66 133
DIOVAN 59 39 68 57
PLAVIX 59 43 68 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 42 70 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 37 71 53
NOVOLIN N 54 47 72 85
CYMBALTA 53 0 73 47
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 46 73 91
FINASTERIDE 52 39 75 49
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 39 76 94
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on March 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.